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Free Research: “Non-Wires Alternatives: Case Studies from Leading U.S. Projects”

In today’s electricity market, non-wires alternatives are capturing public attention and inspiring decision makers to explore the grid benefits and potential cost savings resulting from integrating new distributed technologies in place of new infrastructure upgrades. As interest grows, industry practitioners are seeking out more information and lessons learned from past and existing NWA projects.

To help shed light on a broad set of NWA projects in the U.S., E4TheFuture, Peak Load Management Alliance and Smart Electric Power Alliance jointly selected 10 NWA case studies and have distilled insights into this report.

What’s in the report:

  • Highlights of 10 NWA case studies and a summary of their key attributes (project size, technologies, key drivers, and grid challenges faced).
  • Policy review of the state of non-wires alternatives.
    Examples of innovative energy solutions to meet today’s grid challenges.
  • Key insights and challenges from the planning, sourcing, and implementation phases.
  • Full-length NWA case studies with additional resources in the Appendix.

The full report detailing selected NWA case studies was funded by E4TheFuture and is available for free to download.

Free Companion Webinar: Non-Wires Alternatives: Insights from the Nation’s Leading NWA Projects, December 6, 2018, 1-2 p.m.

New Report – Financing Community-Based Solar Projects: Case Studies from the Field

Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

The growth of community-based solar projects has sprung from customer interest and community benefit, but the lofty goals of these projects must be backed by smart and innovative financing so they continue to grow. How are utilities and developers deploying strategies to reduce hard, soft and financing costs of community-based solar?

Explore different financing options through a series of in-depth interviews with utilities and developers in this report, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Office,

What is community-based solar?

The U.S. Department of Energy defines community-based solar as a photovoltaic (PV) solar installation that falls within 100 miles of its electricity offtakers and is grid connected in the same utility service territory of these offtakers.

Case Studies included in this report:

  • West Boylston Municipal Light Plant
  • City of Fremont
  • BARC Electric Cooperative
  • Michigan Energy Options
  • RE-volv
  • Renovus Solar

Download the report here.

Utilities take note: Next generation utility-led community solar is emerging

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive
Flexible subscriptions and solar-plus plans “push the envelope” of utility programs.

[Smart Electric Power Alliance Utility Strategy Manager Dan] Chwastyk said the success of the Municipal Utility of Freemont, NE, SunShares program may be one version of next generation community solar. Fremont worked with SEPA on a survey to understand what customers wanted, Department of Utilities General Manager Brian Newton told Utility Dive . . . Newton said the utility decided the best way to capture the interest was to offer two kinds of subscriptions.
Read the entire article here.

Photo by Mike Kruger: Construction began in October on Fremont’s first solar farm, which sold out in 7 weeks and is expected to go online in December. A second solar farm already has a waiting list of 70.

To learn more about Fremont’s innovative community solar program, click the following links:


Nebraska town can’t get enough of community solar: Smart program design drives sold-out project, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Fremont Business Park, Greater Fremont Development Council

  • 80 acres municipally-owned, shovel ready; Olsson Associates master planned site
  • 10MW power available with ability to grow with customer
  • Power rates in the 4.5 to 4.9 cent range per kWh – Municipally-owned utilities
  • Fixed rate period up to 5 yrs. available per Nebraska State law and dependent on size and scope of project
  • Municipality has two sources for power backup; NPPD & OPPD through automatic interconnect agreements